William Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw

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William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw KT, CH, MC, PC, DL (28 June 1918 – 1 July 1999), often known as Willie Whitelaw, was a British Conservative Party politician. who served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.

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Early life

Whitelaw was born in Nairn, in northeast Scotland. He never knew his father, who was killed in the First World War when he was a baby. He was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won a blue for golf and joined the Officer Training Corps.[citation needed]

By chance he was in a summer camp on the outbreak of war and was granted a regular, not wartime, commission in the British Army, in the Scots Guards, later serving in the 6th Guards Armoured Brigade, a separate unit from the Guards Armoured Division. He commanded Churchill tanks in Normandy during the Second World War and in the Battle of Caumont[disambiguation needed] (late July 1944) his was the first Allied unit to encounter German Jagdpanther tank destroyers, being attacked by three out of the twelve of these vehicles which were in Normandy.[citation needed]

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